Detection of Concrete Delamination by Infrared Thermography, HR-244, 1986

(1986) Detection of Concrete Delamination by Infrared Thermography, HR-244, 1986. Transportation, Department of


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Iowa has approximately 1000 bridges that have been overlaid with a nominal 2" of portland cement concrete. A Delamtect survey of a sampling of the older overlaid bridges indicated delaminations in several of them. Eventually these bridges as well as those that have not received an overlay must be programmed for rehabilitation. Prior to rehabilitation the areas which are delaminated must be identified. There are currently two standard methods of determining delaminated areas in bridge decks; sounding with a metal object or a chain drag and sounding with an electro-mechanical sounding system (Delamtect). Sounding with a metal object or chain drag is time consuming and the accuracy is dependent on the ear of the operator and may be affected by traffic noise. The Delamtect requires less field time but the graphical traces require that data reduction be done in the office. A recently developed method of detecting delamination is infrared thermography. This method is based on the temperature difference between sound and delaminated concrete. A contract was negotiated with Donohue and Associates, Inc. of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, to survey 18 p.c. concrete overlaid bridge decks in Iowa using the infrared thermography method of detecting delaminations.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Bridge decks, Bridge management systems, Bridges, Data processing, Delamination, Information management, Infrared imagery, Inspection, Nondestructive tests, Thermographs
Subjects: Transportation > Pavements
Transportation > Pavements > Concrete
Transportation > Bridges and tunnels
Transportation > Roads and highways
Transportation > Research
ID Code: 19643
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2015 16:18
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2015 16:18